Jamie Vardy reveals how Skittles vodka affected recovery from injury in 2012

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Jamie Vardy's rise from non-league obscurity to star of the reigning Premier League champions and England squad regular is already the stuff of footballing legend.

But the former Fleetwood Town striker is planning on giving fans a few more stories to tell about his climb up the football pyramid with the release of his autobiography later this month.

And, before 'From Nowhere: My Story' goes on sale, one interesting, if slightly bizarre, story has already made its way into the papers via an extract in The Sun. It involves an injury Vardy suffered in 2012 and Skittles vodka.

Detailing a calf injury he had received in the early days of his time with Leicester - in a home game on October 27, to be precise - Vardy revealed that he and the club were concerned at how long the dead leg was taking to heal.

It turns out the delay in the forward's recovery had something to do with the drinking he was doing at home.

Vardy recounts, via The Sun:

"I had a three-litre vodka ­bottle at home I would put loads of Skittles sweets in.

"Once one batch had fully dissolved, I’d top it up with more — only the red or purple sweets because I don’t fancy the orange, green and yellow ones. I must have put a different batch in at least 20 times.

"After that, you can drink the vodka neat and it tastes just like Skittles. When I was bored at home in the evening I’d pour myself a glass, sit back and enjoy.

"The vodka was decent but it wasn’t doing much for my dead leg, which didn’t stop bleeding for ages."

Skittles vodka probably isn't on many sports nutritionist's lists of approved drinks, and the concoction - usually more prominent in student flats than professional football clubs - was clearly having a big impact on Vardy's ability to get back on the pitch.

Fortunately, the striker wasn't afraid to come clean about his drinking habits when he was quizzed by Leicester physio Dave Rennie, who immediately took Skittles vodka off the menu and explained the science behind the issue.

Things have certainly improved for Vardy since the incident in 2012. Having risen up the leagues with Leicester, he was the spearhead of the Foxes' historic run to the title last year, and already has two Premier League goals to his name this season.

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